In this episode of Occupied Thoughts, FMEP’s Sarah Anne Minkin speaks with Israeli journalist Oren Ziv (Local Call, +972 Magazine) about the blockbuster article published today by +972 and the Intercept: “Secret Israeli dossier provides no proof for declaring Palestinian NGOs ‘terrorists’.” Together with journalists Yuval Avraham and Meron Rappaport, Oren combed through the classified dossier that Israel shared with representatives of European countries in a bid to persuade to end funding for designated Palestinian human rights organizations. Today’s article exposes this dossier – which is believed to be the same dossier that Israel just shared with representatives of the U.S. government – as well as hundreds of pages of summaries of interrogations that Israel drew from in formulating the dossier. The journalists conclude: “contrary to the Israeli Defense Ministry’s claims, the dossier did not provide a single piece of evidence proving the six organizations diverted their funds to the PFLP or to violent activities.”
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- +972 article: Secret Israeli dossier provides no proof for declaring Palestinian NGOs ‘terrorists’
- The Intercept: Secret Israeli Document Offers No Proof to Justify Terror Label for Palestinian Groups
- +972 Interview with representatives of 5 of the 6 targeted organizations: ‘They targeted us for one reason: We’re succeeding in changing the paradigm’
- FMEP’s full coverage of the attacks on the six organizations: On Israel’s Declaration of Palestinian Human Rights Groups as ‘Terrorist Organizations’
Oren Ziv is a photojournalist, a founding member of the Activestills photography collective, and a staff writer for Local Call. Since 2003, he has been documenting a range of social and political issues in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories with an emphasis on activist communities and their struggles. His reportage has focused on the popular protests against the wall and settlements, affordable housing and other socio-economic issues, anti-racism and discrimination struggles, and the struggle to free animals.
Sarah Anne Minkin, PhD is FMEP’s Director of Programs & Partnerships. She is an expert on the intersection between Israeli civil society and Palestinian civil rights and human rights advocacy as well as the ways that American Jews approach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She leads FMEP’s programming, works to deepen FMEP’s relationships with existing and potential grantees, and builds relationships with new partners in the philanthropic community. She is an affiliated faculty member at University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Right-Wing Studies.